Rise and Shine Tour

Hyangwonjeong traditional royal tea house at Gyeongbok Palace
Family Friendly
Group Discount
Bring Passport
Min 1 Person
Hotel Pickup


5.00 out of 5
(2 customer reviews)
Children (3-9)
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Tour guide, transportation and entrance fees. included

Tour Code: 01


Hotel → Jogyesa Buddhist Temple → Changing of the Guard Ceremony → Gyeongbok Palace (Deoksu Palace on Tuesday only) → Pass by Presidential Blue House → Cheongwadae Sarangchae(closed on every Monday) → Shopping Center → City Hall or Itaewon


Extend an invitation to you!! First visit in Korea? You can start with Korea’s representative structure. Sarangchae is a history center that gives visitors a change to follow in the footsteps of presidents of Korea and gain insight into the history of Seoul. Gyeongbok Palace, the oldest palace, built in 1394 as the mail palace of the Joseon Dynasty by its founder King Taejo, it is the most comprehensive and grandest of the five palace of the period

Tour Course Information

Gyeongbok Palace

Built in 1395, Gyeongbok Palace is also commonly referred to as the “Northern Palace” because it is located more toward the north, compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeok (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghee (Western Palace). Gyeongbok Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the grandest of all the five palaces.

Changing of the Guard Ceremony

Every day visitors to Gyeongbok palace can watch a reenactment of the “Changing of the Royal Guards” ceremony, which takes place at the Gwanghwamun and Heungnyemun plazas. The royal guards of the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910) were in charge of protecting the gates of the capital city and the royal palace.

Jogyesa Buddhist Temple

Jogyesa Buddhist Temple is the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea, and is famous for being located in the city. From the busy streets of Jongno, follow the road towards Anguk Subway Station, and you will see Jogyesa Temple. The first things you will notice at the temple are the lovely trees. These locust trees and baeksong trees in front of the Daeungjeon, the main temple building, are about 500 years old.

Presidential Blue House

The symbol of Cheongwadae (known to westerners as the Blue House or the presidential residence), is the blue tiles. The first thing that catches your eye when you arrive at Cheongwadae is the blue tiles of the main building. The blue tiles and the smooth roof are in beautiful harmony with Mt. Bugaksan behind it. As the Blue House represents Korea, the blue tiles and the smooth curve of the roof represents the beauty of Korea.

Cheongwadae Sarangchae

The newly opened Cheongwadae Sarangchae, which opened to the public on January 5th, 2010, is a history center that gives visitors a chance to follow in the footsteps of presidents of Korea and gain insight into the history of Seoul. It encompasses the past, present and even the future of Seoul as well as the entire nation. It serves as a tourist information center that offers detailed information on World Cultural Heritage sites and assets.

2 reviews for Rise and Shine Tour

  1. 5 out of 5


    Booked the family on this tour. Was a good amount of time for us to see the changing of the guards and look around the palace before it gets too busy. Timing was god for us as the kids didn’t have enough time to get bored so we were able to enjoy too. Thinking to book the half day folk village tour as well as our guide recommend it as a good option for families with younger ones.

    • Holly VIP Travel

      Dear, Robin
      Above all thank you for the Rise and Shine to

      Yes the changing of the guards ceremony is kind of interesting for the little ones as as all the guards wear traditional clothes.
      Hope you could join some other tours with us next time when you visit Korea .

      Thank you

  2. 5 out of 5


    Quick morning tour with the highlight for me being Gyeongbokgung palace. The temple was interesting too as they are usually in the mountains I think. Decided to jump off at Itaewon so I could take a walk around the other side of Seoul in the afternoon. Nice tour as it gives you a quick orientation and then sets you up for the afternoon.

    • Holly VIP Travel

      Dear, Teddy
      Above all thank you for the review of Reise and Shine tour .

      This is the half morning city tour , so you can be dropped off to the City hall or Itaewon to enjoy your afternoon : )
      You can gain some quick history of Korea with our knowledge tour guide .

      If you ever come back to Korea , Please join some other tours with us
      Thank yoy

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